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Re: User Testing of Accessiblity Features

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:20:26 -0400
Message-ID: <014601c7eb3a$d23ad510$0601a8c0@HANDS>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" <ejp10@psu.edu>

Are you missing the mark?  Well, yes and no.  If I am a designer who uses a 
screen reader or other at device, I might wnat to be able to examine the 
page with detailed an eye and there are other possibilities why I might want 
to do it as well.  This is part of the reason why at is configurable.  Jaws 
for instance is configured by default not to display all grphics on web 
pages but only labeled ones so at least in theory, if there is no alt, it 
will be reflected in the absence of any string being present associated with 
that image.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" <ejp10@psu.edu>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: User Testing of Accessiblity Features

>Appropriate language.
  I assume by "appropriate language" you would
mean that the writer would choose phrasing and
words appropriate to the venue? At least that
would be my interpretation ;).

I would agree that  it would be more efficient at
conveying tone/emotion than hearing about rounded

>So help me. What would it take for a communicator to convey a sense
>of (at least in this imaginary instance) friendliness and youth to
>someone with limited or no vision?

A more interesting question is how many screen
reader users  really do want to hear all the alt
tags for for decorative details?

To me, some of it sounds more like well-justified
caution to get all the information than an actual
desire to hear about decor. That is, a user would
want to make sure he or she is not missing a
critical link or date...or am I missing the mark
on this one?

Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer
Education Technology Services, TLT/ITS
Penn State University
ejp10@psu.edu, (814) 865-0805 or (814) 865-2030 (Main Office)

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